The long, storied journey for this movie began way back in 2015 when Warner Bros. picked up the rights to develop “Five Nights at Freddy’s” as a feature. They even had heavy hitters such as Roy Lee, David Katzenberg, and Seth Grahame-Smith on board to produce. Gil Kenan (“Monster House”) eventually signed on to direct. But things didn’t pan out at Warner Bros.
Eventually, Blumhouse swooped in, with the studio behind “The Purge” and “Get Out” landing the rights to make the film instead in 2017. Even though Jason Blum and his low-budget horror powerhouse, which has generated more than $5 billion at the box office, seemed like the perfect fit, it wasn’t exactly smooth sailing from that point on. Another director in the form of Chris Columbus (“Home Alone”) came and went, while a completed version of the script was thrown out, forcing them to start over from scratch once again.
Emma Tammi ended up in the director’s chair for the version that actually made it across the finish line. The screenplay, in the end, is credited to Scott Cawthon, Tammi, and Seth Cuddeback. Blum, despite the long journey, seems quite proud of what they accomplished.
“We finally found it and we finally made the movie,” he said in the same interview. “And as you can hear by my voice, I’m extremely proud of the movie that we made together.”
The big question is whether or not audiences will be as excited, but that’s another issue altogether. Clearly, just getting this movie into theaters was a Herculean task.